Path dependencies versus efficiencies in regulation: Evidence from “old” and “new” broadband markets in the EU

Wolfgang Briglauer, Enrico Camarda, Ingo Vogelsang

Publication: Scientific journalJournal articlepeer-review


This paper examines the determinants of sector-specific regulation imposed on broadband markets related both to efficiency objectives of regulators and to those of narrowly defined interest groups. We test hypotheses derived from the normative and positive theoretical literature employing recent panel data on 27 European Union member states taking into account endogeneity of the underlying regulation and market structure variables. Our empirical specification employs three different estimators based on instrumental variables in order to identify causal effects. We find evidence supporting both regulators pursuing normative objectives and inefficiencies related to regulatory path dependence, bureaucracy goals and an inadequate consideration of competition from mobile broadband networks. Our results call for adjustments in the institutional design of the decision-making process under the current European Union regulatory framework.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101825
JournalTelecommunications Policy
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 502046 Economic policy
  • 502013 Industrial economics

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